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"Native Gardens" by Karen Zacarias, at Arkansas Repertory Theatre in 2019.

Arkansas Rep Sets 2020 Season Under New Artistic Director

The season will include plays by Holland Taylor, Simon Stephens, and the musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie.’

LITTLE ROCK, ARK.: Arkansas Repertory Theatre has announced its 2020 season, the first under the leadership of the company’s new executive artistic director, Will Trice.

“The season is a trio of productions I think audiences are going to love,” said Trice in a statement. “We’ve got a Tony Award-winning icon in a tour-de-force performance; a visionary adaptation of a contemporary, best-selling novel; and undoubtedly the most fun of the classic musicals.”

The season will begin with Holland Taylor’s Ann (Jan. 29-Feb. 26, 2020), about the legendary Ann Richards, the former governor of Texas. Elizabeth Ashley and Michael Wilson star.

Next up will be The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (April 1-19, 2020), by Simon Stephens. Based on the novel by Mark Haddon, the play follows an extraordinary 15-year-old who sets out to investigate the mysterious death of his neighbor’s dog.

The season will close out with Bye Bye Birdie (July 8-26, 2020), with book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Lee Adams. Set in 1958, the musical comedy is about the excitement surrounding a heartthrob’s visit to Sweet Apple, Ohio to perform live on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Founded in 1976, Arkansas Repertory Theatre is the largest non-profit professional theatre company in Arkansas.

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